Surveillance Camera Types Explained: The Difference Between Commercial Camera Systems

With advances in technology and the growing need for every commercial facility to have a surveillance camera system, surveillance cameras have become accessible to any sized facility with any sized budget. Knowing the difference between the features and capabilities of surveillance cameras makes security planning easier and more productive. Following is a list of popular surveillance cameras and their best uses.
 
Analog Cameras 
 
Analog cameras are a reliable and cost effective way for commercial businesses to watch over their facility. Analog cameras are very compatible and most video recorders will work with these cameras. A major advantage analog cameras hold is that they don’t connect directly to a network, resulting in no latency or delay time getting footage to users.
 
IP Cameras  
 
IP cameras offer the highest resolution footage by transferring all data through a network connection. IP cameras are most beneficial during large installations where there is an existing high speed network. Due to increased popularity for these types of cameras, they are becoming more affordable. If high resolution footage is a requirement, then IP cameras are right for you.
 
Power over Ethernet 
 
POE cameras are powered through POE switch gear, resulting in less required power outlets, wiring and labor to install and run. Reducing these factors generally lowers installation costs. POE cameras are not recommended for outdoor cameras or cameras that use large amounts of power to operate.
 
Wireless CCTV Cameras 
 
Wireless CCTV cameras are used when wiring isn’t a possibility, such as placing cameras in parking lots or on tall poles. Just because these cameras don’t have cabling doesn’t mean they sacrifice image quality. The image quality of wireless CCTV cameras are still crystal clear, despite the fact that they don’t require cables to transfer data.
 
Black and White Cameras 
 
Black and white cameras are low cost and require 1/100th of the light required by color cameras, resulting in faster footage transfer. If the ability to see color is not important, but keeping an eye on your facility is, black and white cameras are a great option.
 
Color to Black and White Cameras 
 
Color to black and white cameras are ideal for areas such as parking lots where lighting isn’t consistent. When lighting lowers to a designated level, the cameras switch to black and white ensuring that all footage can still be monitored.
 
IR (Infrared) Cameras 
 
IR cameras allow users to view footage in complete darkness. Off the shelf IR cameras contain built-in IR LEDs that view IR light up to 50 feet. With the addition of IR illuminators, IR cameras can see hundreds of feet in complete darkness.
 
Contact us today to learn more about which types of security cameras will best solve your business goals.

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